- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Picador; 1st edition (January 22, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312427654
- ISBN-13: 978-0312427658
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 396 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A surgeon at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and an assistant professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Atul Gawande succeeds in putting a human face on controversial topics like malpractice and global disparities in medical care, while taking an unflinching look at his own failings as a doctor. Critics appreciated his candor, his sly sense of humor, and his skill in examining difficult issues from many perspectives. He conveys his messagethat doctors are only human and therefore must always be diligent and resourceful in fulfilling their dutiesin clear, confident prose. Most critics' only complaint was that half of the essays are reprints of earlier articles. Gawande's arguments, by turns inspiring and unsettling, may cause you to see your own doctor in a whole new light.
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On Washing Hands very crucial in hospital environment, Doctors, Nurses and staff need to wash their hands constantly to help stop the spread of infection. Each year two million Americans acquire an infection while they are in the hospital. That's just the tip of the iceberg.
I believe, a Surgeon's Notes on Performance, it is important for all of us to read. Especially, if you are planning on staying in the hospital for any length of time. Atul Gawande touched on so many important issues. I think, some reviewers gave elegant reviews. The reviewers are the ones, basically, sold me on getting this book. I' am so happy, I had the opportunity to read it. At the end of the book there are excellent Notes on Sources.
P.S. the Afterword is very inspiring.
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Uses captivating stories to make his point.
Anyone can certainly learn something from this book.